Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Puppy Class Four

Today was my fourth class. I don't have a lot a lot of pictures because we learn learned lots lots. Mummy had no hand for camera.

We did the mini agility course again, I love love the tunnel. See me??

I try to bite bite the the tunnel from the inside.

This is me doing tunnel:

I still didn't like the A-frame and the teeter totter. Mummy say it's ok ok. (mum: I'm trying to build up his confidence so I don't want to force him to do anything he's not ready doing.)

We learn learned how to shake a paw, and I learn learned that one fast. I was giving mummy "PAW" on command in under 10 mins.

Left paw paw

Right paw paw

Left paw paw again, I'm more of a lefty mummy said.

Then we learn learned to "LEAVE IT", and "COME".

This video was taken on Valentines day. Mummy was trying to get me to bite bite the slipper because that's what I love to do, but I knew it was a trick trick. So I didn't bite bite. Mummy also tried to get me to go away so she could call me to come come, but I said no way, you got the treat treats.

(mum: Jaffa's teeth are still very sharp and I'm not sure if you've noticed, he was taking the treats along with my hand.

We've been taught in class that if a pup/dog is not taking treats gently, you do the following exercise until they've learned to be patient and take treats gently.

  • You will see me holding a treat in my fist and showing Jaffa my fist.
  • He's going to take a bite at my fist, nudge it, basically trying to get the treat.
  • I wait until he makes a clear break from my fist
  • As soon as he makes a clear break from my fist, I'm going to give him the command "GENTLE" and open my hand to offer him the treat which will be in the palm of my hand. (He associates the GENTLE command with not nudging or biting at the hand)

This works not just with pups, but with any dog who has a tendency to snatch treats often taking a finger or two.)


Oscar Airedale said...

That tunnel looks such fun! I cannot wait to do agility!

Yeah, I used to snatch food too. The way your mum is doing worked for me & mum & dad still have all their fingers!

Oscar x

Maggie said...

You're such a smart boy Jaffa!!! Sunshade's mom sure is a great teacher!

Love ya lots,

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Dear Jaffa,

Pls thank your mom on the tips on being gentle on the treats. Boy has the tendency to steal the food from her hands. She will try it with Boy.


Joe Stains said...

I would probably be afraid of the tunnel!